Al Berard Memorial Music
Fund Grants $10,000 to New Music Program
Lafayette, LA – The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at
Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), recently granted $10,000 to the St.
Martin Parish School Board for the new St. Martin Parish Gifted and Talented
The grant will help to purchase
instruments, books and other supplies for the music enrichment program. The
program augments and enriches musical skills and awareness for students who
have an aptitude for music. Jonno Fishberg, St. Martin Parish talented music
teacher said, "Laura Huval saw there was a need in St. Martin Parish. This
program is in service of what Al Berard believed in. I’m honored to be involved with all of this
because it’s really important.”
Funds for the grant were
raised from the Al Berard Music Festival
which was held last November at the Henry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson, LA.
Fund owner and daughter of Al Berard, Laura Huval, said, "My family was
overjoyed at the success of the music festival which allowed us to make these
grants to the community. Supporting this new music program in St. Martin Parish
would have been what my father would have wanted for his community.”
The Al Berard
Memorial Music Fund promotes Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing
instruments, master teachers and music scholarships to students of all ages.
The fund honors the life of the late Cajun musician, Al Berard, who was a
pillar of his community and a mentor for music lovers everywhere. His passion
was to teach everyone he met about his love for music and for the Cajun/Creole
The Al Berard
Memorial Music Fund was established by the Berard Family to honor Al
Berard’s legacy. All gifts to the fund are tax-deductible. Please make checks
payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana with "Al Berard Memorial Fund”
in the memo and mail to 1035 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 100, Lafayette, LA 70508. For
more information regarding Community Foundation of Acadiana, or to learn how
you can establish your own fund, please contact Erin Winder at 337.769.4842.
Community Foundation of
Acadiana’s core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they
care about. CFA is south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization
benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia,
Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion.
CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $144 million and has made
cumulative grants of over $75 million. Learn more at www.cfacadiana.org.